Now this is a thread that I have been mulling over for a long time now. Please don't take it that I am opposed to freedom of speach etc... Currently I am very disturbed by the polotics not only in my country (UK) but also all over the world. Anyway, here is my point. What is democracy? As far as I am concerned it is no more than a popularity contest. All this nonsence about wanting the best for the country is pure rubbish, all a political power wants is to get into office. I am currently a student so maybe I have more reason to voice my concern but it is simple: If you have 750,000 people un-employed and 500,000 students you are going to take money away from students and give it to the un-employed to get more votes, even if it is not for the good of the country. And also why should I be associated with a country that illegally invades another? What gives the UK and US the right to tell the people of Iraq how to live? Why would Tony Blair and George W. Bush want to spend more money on anyther country than ensure the structure of the health and education services in their own? Freedom of speach is a great thing and for one minute I would not want to live in an oppressed society but my fear is this: When you pay peanuts, you get monkeys! I am sure a lot of people wont agree with what I am saying but I am really getting concerned about the way global politics is heading. I am going to hide in the corner to keep out of the way of the barrage of insults I will get now.